‘The Exorcist: Believer’ Earns Predictable R Rating

by Thomas Tuna

Plenty of reasons to be scared here.

The Exorcist: Believer–the upcoming sequel to the 1973 horror classic–is headed toward its autumn release, and fans can expect the film to rival the original in its fear factor.

The Blumhouse/Universal film–slated to hit theaters Oct. 13–this week got a not-surprising R rating for “violent content, language and sexual references.”

Directed by David Gordon Green from a screenplay he wrote with Scott Teems, Danny McBride and Peter Sattler, the feature follows Victor Fielding (Leslie Odom Jr.), who has been raising his daughter Angela (Lidya Jewett) alone since his wife’s death 12 years ago.

But, when Angela and her friend Katherine (Olivia Marcum) become lost in the woods–only to return three days later with no memory of what happened to them–it unleashes “a chain of events that forces Victor to confront the nadir of evil, and to seek out the one person who has witnessed anything like it before: Chris MacNeil (Ellen Burstyn).”

The cast also includes Ann Dowd, Raphael Sbarge, Jennifer Nettles and Okwui Okpokwasili. It had been reported that Linda Blair would reprise her iconic Regan MacNeil role, but Green recently refused to comment on her return, but acknowledged that the actor had been on set as a consultant.

The film “alludes to her character in a number of ways,” the director said. “We were lucky to have had Linda as a technical advisor.”

Keep reading Horror News Network for the latest on The Exorcist: Believer.


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